SA's Kevin Anderson foils John Isner to reach maiden Wimbledon final

Milos Raonic

The match set Wimbledon semifinal records for number of games (was 72) as well as duration - the 6 hours, 36 minute match bested the previous mark by 1 hour, 52 minutes.

John Isner laid his aces on the table but found a way into the Wimbledon semi-finals by breaking the Milos Raonic serve.

As the fifth set dragged on and on, the American Isner appeared more visibly exhausted and had to survive more scares on his own serve than Anderson.

Spare a thought for Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic, whose wait to play their own semifinal finally ended around 8 p.m. local time.

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After taking a medical timeout after the third set, Anderson surprisingly broke Isner's serve at 2-all in the fourth. Anderson won the opening set before Isner bounced back to take the next two.

Roanic, the 13th seed, required strapping to his right thigh in the first set and had treatment later in the match, but Isner deserved this victory. Isner was representing the university of Georgia, while Anderson was at the university of IL. The last point of the set was briefly held up as a ball boy had to be substituted after hurting his shoulder.

Anderson is trying to follow up his five-set win over Roger Federer in the quarterfinals, with both men appearing in their first semifinal at the All England Club.

The 32-year-old Anderson will vie for the title on Sunday against the victor of the match between Nadal, the world No. 1, and three-time champion Novak Djokovic. In his final Collegiate season in 2007, John Isner led his team towards the NCAA Division I Men's Tennis Championship title, defeating the University of Illinois Fighting Illini 4-0 at home in Georgia. Isner has won all 95 of his service games so far.

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